|Traumatology and Orthopaedics Clinic|
Traumatology and Orthopaedics is the leading clinic of its kind in Estonia and also well known in the Nordic countries. Since autumn 2006 the clinic has been acknowledged all over Europe as an expert in the field of joint prosthesis, as is shown by its corresponding certification.
The clinic has developed into a well-functioning structural unit that coordinates and leads the development of the profession in Estonia. The main development indicators of orthopaedics include the increases in the numbers of emergency traumatology patients, complicated traumatology cases and lower limb, joint and spinal column degenerative diseases.
3,500 operations are performed here each year, among them 950 joint endoprostheses and 700 day surgery procedures.
In the last five years the number of the clinic’s scientific publications has reached 40. Five people with doctor’s degrees work here and in the next few years this number will increase.
Cooperation with patients
Satisfied patients are very important to the clinic. Several materials designed to inform patients have been compiled to increase their awareness and help them handle their illnesses and diseases in a better way. Cooperation between patients and the clinic is very important from the point of view of achieving good treatment results.
The clinic’s nurses are members of the Estonian Society of Orthopaedics Nurses, which helps them to increase information exchange between nurses and other specialists in Estonia and abroad.
Patient-friendly first aid station
The out-patient activities of the orthopaedics clinic take place in the first aid station, which is unique for its patient-friendly working order. Initial trauma cases are received 24 hours a day and patients are treated until they recover and can return to work or are assigned a disability.
A pilot project of the Ministry of Social Affairs was carried out in the first aid station of the hospital in order to map the behavioural changes and appearance of traumas in Estonia and to adjust them to the coding used within the European Union.
Developers of profession
Mati Merila – doctor/lecturer. He has studied the surgical anatomy of shoulder joints in detail. He completed his doctor’s thesis in 2005.
Aare Märtson – assistant professor. The topic of his doctoral thesis was the extension of the lower limb which also included experimental studies of bone regeneration as well as evaluation of long term treatment results. He completed his doctor’s thesis in 2006.
Alar Toom – resident and research master. The topic of his research is “Heterotopic ossification after endoprosthesis of the hip joint”. He completed his doctoral thesis in 2007.
Foreign visitors at the Traumatology and Orthopaedics Clinic